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Summertime in Numismatics Books

Summertime in Numismatics Books

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

It is summertime, and in addition to vacation and other activities, what could be nicer than curling up in a lawn chair or indoors on a sofa with a good numismatic book? Although we are in the midst of the electronic age with virtual anything and everything, you may be surprised to know that more numismatic reference books have been published in the past 10 years than in any comparable period earlier! 
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Did You Know?

Did You Know?

Did you know that the founders of Stack’s Bowers Galleries, Q. David Bowers, Harvey Stack and Larry R. Stack, are doing a Challenge the Experts! Q & A Forum at the American Numismatic Association’s World’s Fair of Money?  We hope you can join us in Room 6 at the Donald Stephens Convention Center, in Rosemont, Illinois, on August 13 at 2:00PM.  

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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty-Four

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty-Four

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Collecting tokens and medals with the portrait of George Washington has been a passionate pursuit for many numismatists past and present Indeed, in the late 1850s, when coin collecting became widely popular in the United States, the hottest tickets in the marketplace were Washington tokens! This is hard to believe today, but it is true. The reason is that Edward Everett gave dozens of speeches to raise money to restore Mount Vernon, Washington’s home, creating nationwide interest in the Father of our Country and his heritage. 
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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty-Three

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty-Three

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

Welcome to the latest and final installment in my series relating to colonial and early American coins in the Guide Book of United States Coins. This week I discuss copper issues beginning on page 54 of the 2016 edition. While there are rarities scattered among the Nova Constellatio coppers, the coins of the states, and other issues, the vast majority of basic types are quite inexpensive  and forming a collection can be interesting to do. 

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A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty-Two

A Tour Through A Guide Book of United States Coins, Part Twenty-Two

By Q. David Bowers, Founder

I take up my tour through A Guide Book of United States Coins with French New World issues on page 51. This is a very extensive series produced in France and well studied in print. The standard reference is by Robert A. Vlack, An Illustrated Catalog of the French Billon Coinage in the Americas, published by the Colonial Coin Collectors Club in 2004.

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